400 shake off rain to rally against cancer | PostIndependent.com

400 shake off rain to rally against cancer

At Rally the Valley, supporting cancer patients is about more than just treatment.

The addition of Valley View Hospital’s Calaway-Young Center Center already represents a huge stride on the purely medical end. Now in its fifth year, the rally helps support complementary integrative therapies offered at the cancer center to ease the symptoms of treatment through massage, acupuncture, counseling and support groups.

Calaway-Young Executive Director Ann Wilcox gave the opening pep-talk at Saturday morning’s rally.

“Because of all of you and because of the incredible donations that you give us over and over again, we have been able to help 1,500 community members go through the cancer center in the last three years,” she said

Last year, the event raised more than $200,000 toward the cause.

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This year, an estimated 400 participants came out to Glenwood’s Sayre Park Saturday despite the cold and rainy weather.

“We are on track to exceed our goal ($275,000) already this year,” said foundation coordinator Kim Wells.

Participants had the choice of a 25-mile bike ride, 4-mile walk or 1.5-mile family walk known as Peyton’s Parade.

In the end, and despite the weather, everyone came together in Sayre Park.

For Stacie Georg, this was her second year participating in the rally. “It’s just a good cause and it’s so much fun,” Georg said.

Many of the participants were walking to support friends and loved ones who have or are still battling cancer.

“I’m from a family of 10 brothers and sisters, five of whom died of cancer,” said walker Nancy Eide. “It’s just nice to get together and support the valley.”

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